If you voluntarily deviate from the TIS Fellowship Program scheduled itinerary you may not be able to apply the costs of the TIS Fellowship Program as a tax deduction. We recommend that you seek the advice of a tax advisor regarding this matter.
Additionally, TIS must be informed of your complete travel plans so we can coordinate your arrival and departure with other members of the team and also be readily available with information regarding your whereabouts.
Cancellation and refund:
TIS Fellowship Program reserves the right to reject any application before departure. In this case, TIS Fellowship Program will refund the total amount you paid to TIS (1) if the TIS Fellowship Program is filled at the time you apply, (2) if TIS Service Program does not accept your global volunteer application for any reason, or (3) if the TIS Service Program is canceled for any reason other than a U.S. State Department travel warning that applies to India, Sikkim or the Himalayas, or for any reason beyond the control of TIS that might impact its service program or the safety of the global volunteers. If you withdraw your participation in the TIS Service Program for any reason you must notify TIS immediately. TIS Service Program cannot make refunds for unused portions of the TIS Service Program itinerary or inability to participate.
TIS Service Program cannot refund airfare penalties, transfer fees or any other fees under any circumstances; therefore we require travel insurance with your ticket. TIS or TIS Fellowship Program is not responsible for revoked or denied visas or permits.
Please remember that you participate in the TIS Service Program as a global volunteer at your own risk. You acknowledge that there are dangers in traveling to and living and volunteering in India, Sikkim, and the Himalayas. You agree to travel and participate at your own risk. You agree to assume full responsibility for injury to you, including death and emotional trauma, and damage to or theft of your property.
You agree not to sue TIS, TIS Service Program, the Marion Institute, the host, or any entity related to the TIS Service Program. You will not sue TIS, TIS Service Program, the Marion Institute, the host, or any entity related to the TIS Service Program because of negligence of global volunteers, the host, or intentional acts of anyone else. If anyone, e.g. you, a family member, spouse, etc., sues TIS or any entity related to the TIS Service Program because of negligence, unintentional acts, or intentional acts, you or your estate will reimburse TIS for all judgments and costs including reasonable attorney fees.
You agree to follow rules and laws. TIS Service Program requires that all global volunteers follow all applicable rules, policies and guidelines of TIS, TIS Service Program, the host, or any entity related to the TIS Service Program. This includes cultural parameters as well as the local laws and customs. If you do not follow all rules, laws, policies, and guidelines, TIS and any TIS Service Program team leader has the right to ask you to leave the community immediately. If you are asked to leave, you agree to leave the community immediately and you will absorb all elevated costs for your immediate departure, including changes in airfare.
You agree that the TIS Service Program application and agreement is construed under the laws of both the state of Sikkim, India and Massachusetts, USA. You agree that this application and agreement is to be construed broadly to provide a release, indemnification and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. In signing this agreement, you acknowledge (1) that you have read this entire document, (2) that you understand its terms, (3) that you are at least 18 and if not that your guardian/parent has also agreed to all terms (4) that by signing it you are giving up substantial legal rights you might otherwise have, and (5) that you have signed it knowingly and voluntarily. If any provision of this Agreement is unenforceable or too broad to be enforced to its full extent, then that provision and the remaining provisions will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.
If personal, academic or other developments make travel impossible at the time planned, placements can be deferred for a minimal charge. Please contact us to discuss your situation.
Once you have been accepted and your travel plans have been set, you will have to pay the total fee as indicated on the fellowship website.
If you cancel with a:
• notice of 3 full months – One third of total cost will be kept
• notice less than 3 full months – No refund
Thank you for your kind attention to these details and for your interest in participating in the TIS Fellowship Program! Please don’t forget to complete each portion of the application.